Toys are an Important Part of Childhood - S post

Birthdays and holidays are just not complete without toys. What child has opened a package of clothing, mumbled an insincere thank you, and dug around for the next package, hoping to find some fantastic toy they can enjoy in a make-believe fantasy. You might also find that most adults also enjoy delving into the fun-filled world of a child ....more

In which Facebook tells me my kids will kill a dog

Facebook.Lovely Facebook.I realize most people use the social media platform to show the world their ideal selves, throw up their highlight reel. I use mine more like a blooper reel, to  be honest, and for the most part, that serves me well....more

In which Facebook tells me my kids will kill a dog

Facebook.Lovely Facebook.I realize most people use the social media platform to show the world their ideal selves, throw up their highlight reel. I use mine more like a blooper reel, to ...more

Recipe - Bacon Cheddar Meatloaf

Every time I buy bacon, I never know what to do with it. We love it, but just can't eat a whole pound or whatever they give you. This time, I used the extra in a meatloaf, and it came out great! ...more

Shopping for fancy dress -- Contributor post

I’ve known about my husband’s office holiday party since early November. It’s at a swanky downtown hotel. The invitation specifies semiformal dress.I translates this as “suit and tie” for him and “cocktail attire” for me.I’m going to throw up ....more

When did I become a daddy blogger? -- Contributor post

You could say that a lot has changed in my life over the past five years; if you did, I would counter by saying that you have a real knack for understatement. When I divorced, I was certain that I was never going to get into a serious relationship, let alone ever get married again. And kids? ...more

Ask a Teacher: What should I send for the school food drive?

It's that time of year again. Your child's school has either already started or is about to start collecting food. How can you make this a good experience to help your child appreciate the spirit of giving? ...more

We are post-racial America, and we are so mad, tho

Before Thanksgiving, I published a piece in Time that took the Ferguson riots and defended them in the light of the historical context of the country, calling out the systemic problem of oppression and asking that the problem of violence be tackled from that end, rather than from the easy-chair route of blaming rioters as animals or just bad individuals who like to ruin shit for funsies. Are those rioters animals and bad individuals who like to ruin shit for funsies? Maybe ....more

Slice of Life - Desks

Whether at home or at work, most of us have a desk we use for something or another. Sometimes they're clean and organized...probably more times they're not. Here are dozens of desks, all as they were exactly one afternoon ....more

Parenting and Sibling Rivalry - S Post

Image source “Who needs a tornado when I have the two of you at home?” I recall my mother saying this to my younger sister and me whenever we got into a fight. What did I know I would feel the same a couple of decades down the line!Honestly, I think Abraham, 7, and Elle, 5, are more dangerous than tornadoes, floods and volcanoes put together. They manage to turn the whole house upside down and yet only elicit “What lovely kids, couldn’t hurt a fly!” from all those we know ....more